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Meet Judge Simaula

Please meet drag judge extraordinaire, Simaula, in the profile pic to your left … OK, extraordinaire may be pushing it a little, what with that awful hairdo. But look how gorgeous and modelesque that face is … sexxxyyy! Simaula, Simon and Paula’s love child, is a guest panel judge at the inaugural Queen Extravanganza Pageant, Oct. 22. She’s as mouthy and rude as Simon, yet as loopy and short as Paula. Join her at this fabulous pageant, she promises a nipple will peek out her dress for a cheap thrill.

13thursday — 65-year-old openly gay writer/director John Waters is stepping foot into Utah. That’s almost horrifying as how his brain works, just sayin’! Anyhoo, the brain behind such cult hits as Hairspray, Serial Mom and Cry-Baby is taking to the stage with his one-man vaudeville show This Filthy World. Waters will re-exploit his opportunism of true crimes, exploitation films, fashion lunacy and the extremes of the contemporary art world, in a joyously devious monologue.
7:30pm, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $35–150, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

14friday — After three years in prison, Enrique returns home to the Bronx to find the world he knew has changed. His wife struggles to hide an emotional affair, and his teenage son explores a sexual transformation well beyond Enrique’s grasp and understanding. This is the basis for the intricate and emotional drama of Gun Hill Road, a hit film of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Times vary, Broadway Centre Cinemas, 111 E. 300 South. Tickets $6.25–8.75, 801-746-0288 or saltlakefilmsociety.org.

15saturday — I realize it’s an age of technology, and all of you with your iPads, iPhones, iPods, iStyes, iDyes, iDos, iDonts and iFinitys have no need to hold anything larger than what fits comfortably in the palm of your hand … and vibrates … wait, where was I going with this? Oh, books! The biannual Used Book Sale is back. Pick up great books, videos, music and more, not just some dude on Grindr, GuySpy, Manhunt or Dial-a-Dick.
Times vary, through Oct. 18, City Library, 210 E. 4100 South. All merchandise $0.25–$2, 801-524-8200 or slcpl.org.

20thursday — According to Bill Poore, director of the Utah production of Street Theater: “[Alan] Doric wrote Street Theater not so much as a history of the event [Stonewall Riots] but as a record of the people he knew and the incidents he was involved in on Christopher Street in the months, days and hours leading up to the night gays fought back. The play focuses on the panorama of drags, dykes, leathermen, flower children, vice cops and cruisers — the innocent and not-so-innocent bystanders who would turn the 28th of June, 1969, into D-day in gay history.”
7:30pm, through Oct. 23, Studio 115, 240 S. 1500 East, UofU. Tickets $5–10, 801-581-7100 or kingsburyhall.org.

Dance Theatre Coalition and tEEth Performance, a contemporary dance company, present Home Made, a new piece that has garnered praise and attention in the media since its debut last November with its fearless examination of the struggles of intimate negotiation, the irrationality of dependence and the peculiar awkwardness of human beauty and exchange. The performance is intended for mature audiences and contains nudity.
8pm, through Saturday, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $15, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
21friday That dude from Transylvania may have lost some of his blood-curdling fierceness of late thanks to the icy-hot … OK, and unicorn-glittery boys-of-the-night as seen in True Blood, The Vampire Diaries and Twilight — to name a few. But the Utah premiere of Ballet West’s Dracula should still puncture your heart. Set to the haunting music of Franz Liszt, this wildly theatrical ballet features vampire brides flying through the air, a ghastly coach that careens on and off the stage, and exciting drama and dancing.
7:30pm, through Nov. 1, Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South. Tickets $18–74, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

The last time I saw the tribute band Super Diamond was in, I think 2007, with Michael Aaron — he was 48 at the time and I was … well, prettier. Ha! Anyhoo, we were both impressed by the glitz and glamor of the six-man band. I mean they’re no Neil … well, except, I think Michael actually thought Neil was on stage, he’s a bit cuckoo. But in all honesty, this band throws a great concert, don’t miss it!
9pm, The Depot, 13 N. 400 West. Tickets $15/adv.–20/day of, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.

This film release has been bumped from the big screen more times than Charlie Sheen has … well, bumped a line. The flick Dirty Girl follows two high-school classmates, Danielle and Clarke, as they travel to California to find Danielle’s real father and escape Clarke’s homophobic father. Along the way they discover each other and themselves through a funny and serendipitous friendship.
Times vary, Broadway Centre Cinemas, 111 E. 300 South. Tickets $6.25–8.75, 801-746-0288 or saltlakefilmsociety.org.

22saturday — There’s a new drag pageant in town. Called the Queen Extravaganza Pageant, this inaugural beauty contest features drag queens from around the West including Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, California and even south of the border, Mexico. Contestants will compete for the title in the following categories: introduction, talent, formal wear and question. Plus, none other than your very own Gay Agenda writer, moi, is a guest panel judge — I’ve dubbed my Polynesian drag queen name Simaula, so it should be a hoot!
7pm, Elegant For Less, 8700 S. 480 West. Tickets $15/adv.–20/door. A $35 VIP ticket includes dinner, drinks and access to the after-party masquerade ball, tinyurl.com/queerpageant.

25tuesday — I saw Menopause The Musical in 2008 and I’m still experiencing hot flashes from how hard I laughed. Since “the change” started in 2001, the show has endeared millions of fans and has raised millions of dollars. Set in one afternoon in a department store, four women sing and dance their way through some great decades-ago songs. They show that life after 40 can be invigorating, adventurous and laughable — and they do it hysterically.
7:30pm, through Oct. 30, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $45, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
26wednesday — The Top 10 finalists of this season’s So You Think You Can Dance once again come to the Utah stage. Caitlynn, Clarice, Jess, Jordan, Marko, Melanie, Mitchell, Ricky, Sasha and Tadd (who’s from Salt Lake City) will thrill us and fill us with amazing routines by amazing choreographers.
7pm, Maverik Center, 3200 S. Decker Lake Drive. Tickets $40.50–60.50, 801-988-8888 or maverikcenter.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Oct. 22
Big Gay Fun Bus
to Wendover

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